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Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship program further develops and strengthens future clinicians' ability to assess and treat a wide variety of mental health concerns within the medical population.

This is a full-time, one-year fellowship program. Fellows will be expected to see an average of 20 direct patient care hours per week. Fellowship start date is anticipated to be September 4, 2018, but may be somewhat flexible based on the fellows chosen for these positions. The Pediatric Psychology Fellow and Adult Health and Rehabilitation Psychology Fellow will begin and end together.

Gundersen Health System is pleased to offer two tracks for the one year Psychology Fellowship:

Track 1: Pediatric Psychology

The Pediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow will gain clinical experience under the supervision of Licensed Clinical Psychologists working across the hospital setting. The Pediatric Psychology Fellow will be offered opportunities to gain additional experience providing outpatient therapy; outpatient IQ/Achievement and ADHD testing services; inpatient consultation and liaison; working on multidisciplinary treatment teams; conducting crisis evaluation; and group therapy services. Services provided are short-term and evidenced-based. There is also potential for research collaboration and teaching opportunities. The Fellow will also have regularly scheduled supervision and didactic seminars. Opportunity to attend hospital wide Grand Rounds and Continuing Education conferences will also be available. Career development opportunities including licensure support will also be provided.

The Fellow will be physically located on Gundersen‘s main campus in La Crosse, Wis. The Fellow will have an office located in Outpatient Behavioral Health, in which they will see outpatient and testing patients. The Fellow will also interact with staff and patients on the Pediatrics Unit, Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through the consultation and liaison service. The Fellow will be included in multidisciplinary teams in the Pediatric Specialties and Pediatric Neurology departments, including Pediatric Allergy; Pediatric Gastroenterology; Pediatric Endocrinology; Pediatric Cardiology; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management; and Pediatric Neurology. Formal participation in Cystic Fibrosis clinic and Pediatric Headache Clinic opportunities will also be available. The Fellow will regularly collaborate with the system's Pediatricians, who represent a significant referral source.

Track 2: Adult Health and Rehabilitation Psychology

The Adult Health Psychology Fellow will work under the supervision of a licensed, board certified Clinical Health Psychologist primarily in Gundersen Behavioral Medicine's outpatient clinic. The Adult Health Psychology Fellow will have opportunities to conduct psychological evaluations, personality testing, crisis evaluations and individual and group therapy services, with many referrals coming from specialty medical clinics. Collaboration with multi-disciplinary medical teams is also expected. The Fellow will have opportunities for evaluation and treatment of patients in the following areas: weight management (bariatric surgery, medical/behavioral weight management); eating disorders; pain management; audiology/tinnitus; insomnia; and general mental health conditions that may be occurring in the context of adjusting to or experiencing chronic medical condition.

The Rehabilitation Psychology Rotation includes neuropsychological and psychological evaluation, treatment and consultation within Gundersen Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in both inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is currently a 16-bed, acute rehabilitation unit servicing the full spectrum of rehabilitation populations across the adult lifespan. The primary population served consists of individuals with stroke, followed closely by those with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The remainder of the patient populations served includes those with debility, chronic and significant medical illnesses that compromise physical and/or cognitive functioning, limb amputation and spinal cord injury.

The rehabilitation team consists of two physiatrists, multiple mid-level staff (physician assistants and nurse practitioners); rehabilitation nursing staff; a rehabilitation psychologist; speech therapists; occupational therapists; physical therapists; recreation therapists; social workers; nutritionists; and a chaplain. The Fellow will have ample opportunity to work closely with these providers as part of a strong, collegial and well-integrated interdisciplinary team. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be a part of the Spinal Cord Injury Service Line, where the Rehabilitation Psychology Service follows all patients with traumatic spinal cord injury across the continuum of care, often intervening in the Critical Care Unit/ICU as well as the Neuroscience Unit prior to admission to the Rehabilitation Unit. There will also be opportunities for the Fellow to see clinic patients for routine follow-up from acute rehabilitation and for outpatient neuropsychological evaluation.

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